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Brooklyn Brown Ale - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brown AleBrooklyn Brown Ale

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937 Reviews

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Reviews: 937
Hads: 2,253
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 60
Gots: 301 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-10-1998

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Reviews: 937 | Hads: 2,253
Photo of Enola
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a deep brown with a decent head. The smell was a bit nutty. The taste was fair for a brown ale. There was no harshness. A pretty smooth beer. I could drink these again on occasion. This beer favored a nut brown ale a good bit. One of the better Brooklyn beers I have had.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very odd beer from a usually reliable brewery. I think it looks fantastic, just like a brown ale should -- a very dark mahogany brown with a creamy head that lingers. Unfortunately the nose is just routine: some cherries, some chocolate reminiscent of very rich sweet milk chocolate, a whisper of hops. The flavors are even more restrained than the nose -- chocolate malt and some hops, mainly, with a very light cherry finish. This beer is interesting in that I think the problem lies in a criteria I usually blow past when I do one of these things -- the mouthfeel. I think the beer is so disappointingly light because I think the mouthfeel is too light, like most brown ales it does better with a heavier mouthfeel (to support the stronger flavors). Not Brooklyn's best.

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Photo of LittleWolf
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a dark brown that holds a ruby character. An off white head quickly comes and goes. I could not notice much of an aroma, but that may be due to outside factors. The taste starts off with a good roasted malt flavor, hints of hazel, and a carmelized finish. A nice mouthfeel. It has a good, and if not unexpected, flavor for the brown ale variety, but I'm not sure if I could have more than one or two per sitting. A nice beer as usual from those I have tasted from Brooklyn Brewing.

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Photo of Zekezilla
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice chocolaty color and smell. Someone said it's nice for someone who wants something darker than Newcastle but not a porter or stout, this is a good choice. I'd agree with this. It's much hoppier than I expected. I tend to drink these types of beer when I want something nutty or a little caramel-like so the hoppiness is a surprise. It's pretty good but not great. I won't seek it out but I'd be willing to try it on tap.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 rate.

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark chestnut with a large, fizzy beige head. Overly sweet aroma, with brown sugar, malt, some caramel. Flavor is better, as the sweet quality is rounded out slightly by a little bit a dry finish. Slightly roasty, nutty, pretty nice.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz.'er pours with a clear mahogany hue topped with a tasty looking khaki head cap that sticks to the glass.

Brewed ice tea scents and some brown sugar.

First swigs: Initial flavors are of light brown sugar and mirored nose characteristics of brewed tea. Lingering caramel aftertaste and coca-cola like taste and feel. Light caramel.

Brisk in the kisser with a quick carbonation bustle. Really effervescent. Basic medium body with a twinge of cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Basic benign brown that was a welcome addition to a mixed case I picked up. Nada mas, nada menos. An okay beer.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've loved some of Brooklyn's other brews, such as the Cuvee Belgian style and their standby lager--both being very complex and delicious brews. This, on the other, hand has not lived up to expectations.

Probably the most appealing quality of this beer is its appearance. This pours a deep, warm, cherry wood color with a continuous slow and steady carbonation allure. Also, a wonderful, frothy, mocha head retains throughout.

Its smell is nothing special--light hops and caramel malts. But any good hear is overtaken by some sort of chemically alcohol essence.

Again, the most profound taste hear is the alcohol aftertaste--not even in the form of a pleasant burn. I detect some semblance of hop--but I don't even see the point.

I simply feel a medicinal hallowness after the initial taste. The liquid itself comes accross as watery and bland. No complexity.

This is hard to drink.


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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chocolate brown color with an average cream colored head that dissipated into a ring. The aroma is of rich caramel malt, honey, and a light butter/nut smell. The taste starts off with roasted caramel malt which is cut by a lime-like acidity. A mineral water presence runs throughout. There is some light nut flavors towards the end as well as some stale hops. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation; it finishes kind of sour and bitter from the lime presence. Not the feel I expected from a brown ale, I expected more of a smooth malty feel. I was disappointed in this brew, definitely not my favorite Brooklyn brew. The tartness seems out of whack for a brown ale.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear ruby brown color with a lasting layer of foam on top.

S - Predominantly sweet caramel malt with a hint of dark fruits.

T - Hops that were not obvious in the aroma come through strong in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thin in mouthfeel with good carbonation and clean bitter aftertaste.

D - It is drinkable. Definitely is not a bad beer. On the other hand it is not anything exceptional or distinctive. I guess we need average beers to help us appreciate the extraordinary.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipped back from Indiana during my trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date on label) into a pint glass. It was a reddish brown color and had good carb. Some lacing. It had a thick light tan head that slowly settled into a broken foam.

The aroma was roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. As it poured the aroma was pretty strong but then faded quickly. The aroma on this style has never really impressed me much but for what it is this one is good. The taste was pretty good. It had a nice smooth taste with a sweet finish. The sweetness gets to be a little bit too much towards the end.I didn't get much of the advertised hop aroma or taste that would have offset that so a little disappointing there. Good mouthfeel but a little watery.

Overall, it's a good Brown Ale. I find it a little too sweet to be a regular in the rotation but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Need to try again to make sure that the shipping didn't screw up the sample.

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Photo of riored4v
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a "Perfect Pint". 1 finger, off-white head. Clear, dark amber body.

Aroma is some nutty and slight maltiness. Some slight metallic aroma. A bit malty. Some light roastyness.

Taste was a bit flat and thin. Metallic flavor appeared in the middle and carried through the finish. Some light maltiness with a mild hoppy finish. Somewhat earthy. A bit nutty with hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was light body, medium/high carb and a dry finish.

Overall it was decent but seemed to lack the richness of a true brown ale.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle to a pint glass.

A: Dark. Dark. Dark. Some brownish color head.

S: Average for a brown ale. Nice nutty qualities.

T: Watery and Thin with some back end bitterness.

M: Average carbonation for a brown ale.

D: I know a lot of ABAs that taste better and are easier to drink.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dull brown with a decent white head. Very mellow, like a British Brown, but not a lot of flavor. Easy to drink and sort of a mid range microwbrew kind of flavor. Not a lot of character or distinctness. Just sort of brown beer with an average flavor. Not super impressed.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.
Best by June 2012 (6 months out of date) :(

Mahogany with red highlights. Has 2 fingers of off-white head that dissipates slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Light nutty aromas. Some caramel, brown sugar and hazel nut.

Extremely light on flavor. Light nuttiness, some caramel and brown sugar. There does seem to be a hint of hazel nut and even some peanut butter.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly creamy.

Brooklyn really needs to amp up this offering or just discontinue it altogether. They could probably market it as an English Dark Mild and have better results.

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Photo of Redog
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

for a slightly sweet taste and decent body the Brown Ale is not bad
got some in a variety pak from COSTCO for 27.99
i like it as a change of pace, but could have got Sam Adams Boston Lager for less
Brooklyn beer is decent but overpriced relative to quality

about a buck a bottle would be a good price at COSTCO

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter brown that is pretty clear around the edges. No head to speak of. There are a good amount of hops coming through in the nose. This is a pretty good brown. The hops are a nice compliment here. The mouthfeel is a little thin and too watery for my taste. But this is still a very good beer. Would have again.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Brown Ale - my first Brooklyn beer I believe so time to judge them all by one beer! Just kidding of course...

Appearance - A low to medium brown that looks pretty standard for the style. Nothing amazing but a nice hue to it.

Smell - Hops, Nuts, and Barley. The smell is on, but missing a couple of interesting notes and it seems to go away quickly

Taste - I was hoping this would taste like it smelled but it has a lot of copper/metal taste to it. Also the nuts do come out but fade quickly

Mouthfeel - I really wanted more carbonation here and a bit less of the metal aftertaste. Not terrible but not good

Overall - This is a decent beer, and a decent brown ale. Its smooth enough to be drank by the handfuls but the aftertastes keeps me rating this one low

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Photo of Slynger
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Brown pours a deep nutty brown color with reddish highlights and two fingers of dirty white head.

Light amount of chocolate along with a cola-like sweetness in the nose. Light amount of roasted malts and nuts as well.

Tastes of a very light amount of unsweetened chocolate with a stronger (but still kinda weak) roasted-toasted malt bitterness, and some nuts. Medium bodied with a nice, light, tickly-sharp carbonation.

Not real impressed by this one. The flavor is a little blah, and I don't appreciate cola in my nose.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brooklyn Brown pours a dark brown color with a small head. The aroma is rather metallically, and copperish. The taste has a nice bold malty backbone, with strong yeasty like flavors, with a bit of a nutty flavor. Good bold flavors, nice carbonation, but the metallicallyness is hard to overcome. Overall its a nice bold brown, with some off flavors, but overall its decent.

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Photo of Ruds
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a UK half pint glass (curved with large base - a brewdog one!)

Medium brown in colour and almost no head - looked very flat !

Smelt nutt, toffee, very light malt smell

Tasted nutty, caramel, minimal chocolate and malts

Mouthfeel - nothing special, average drinkable beer

Overall - an average beer, would not seek this out again, but if it was the only thing available I'd happily drink it!

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Photo of ispeakfree
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I am often impressed by Brooklyn's brews. Brown Ale does not win such praise.

Purchased as a part of their 12 bottle "Brooklyn Beer Party"

Appearance- Pours mahogany to walnut brown, with some lacing and a 2 finger, especially carbonated head

Smell- Upon first sniff, I was very hopeful. Strong odor of hops, but also some chocolate.

Taste- Rather hollow tasting. The beginning starts nicely, reminiscent of cola and chocolate, but then the taste seems to vanish, and finishes with a bitter, hoppy kick. Reminds me strongly of drinking a cola

Mouthfeel- Due to the strong effervescence and light, airy head, I once again was reminded of a bitter soda, rather than a well-composed ale.

Drinkability- Perfectly drinkable, really. Nothing is blatantly wrong with the beer, but also, nothing stands out whatsoever.

Will not be purchasing again, but I never turn down trying something from Brooklyn.

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Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown with ruby hints to it, medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is doughy, chocolate, some nuttiness showing through, and a very minimal hop note towards the end. Flavor is mainly chocolate, some caramel, mildly hoppy finish. Fairly thin in the mouth, feels smooth due to light carbonation.

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Photo of swede96
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint beer glass. The beer was a nice dark brown with an off white 1 finger head that did not last very long. Lacing was good on the side of the glass. The beer had a carmel nutty smell. The taste was nutty with a carmel hint, sort of coated the mouth, and leaving a bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium, and drinkability was not real good as it did not leave me wanting another. Thought it would be great with a burger, my burger was late coming out and was eating fried cheese with this brew, and that is not the food you want to go with this beer as the cheese brought out the alcohal taste to the max...

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Serene ruby chestnut with minimal bubble movement. Head is low but full with good retention of the light tan bubbles.

S: First whiff smelled like flowers. Next comes fresh dough, taffy and butterscotch.

T: Begins very much doughy with caramel streaks and a roasted barley moment. From this point, the beer begins becoming uninteresting. Sort of a melon flavor comes next leading into brown crayon. The original flavors are still present but they are dropping off quickly with no other strong flavors filling the void. Some pungent day old coffee qualities, unclean apple and bland molasses finish the flavors out.

M: Medium body, soft across the palate.

D: I was sort of disappointed in this beer. I like browns and this one fell short for me. Still not but but simply not great.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best Before Aug 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Big creamy offwhite head with good retention. Dark brown body.

Smell - Very malty. Chocolate and a slight hint of light roasted coffee.

Taste - Slight malt upfront. Not as much as I expected from the smell. Prominent metallic finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Astringent finish that lingers.

Overall Drinkability - Started off strong, and went crashing down hill after the 2nd sip. Would not have again.

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Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.